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Stand-Up Paddleboard Rules
Yacht Expedition
Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 1:16 PM
Joined: 08/04/2011
Posts: 28

Went for a fantastic paddle on Sunday in the intracoastal near Jupiter, Florida. Gorgeous weather, not a cloud in the sky. Manatees and fish everywhere. Took my 7-year old daughter. She sat on the nose while I paddled us around. Got stopped by Florida Fish and Wildlife. I was ready for the visit. 2 USCG-approved PFDs with whistles. Had a photo-ID, the whole 9 yards. The law enforcement officer proceeded to instruct me that the State of Florida has determined that SUPs may only carry 1 person at a time. We were riding a Starboard Avanti 11'-02" x 36". Plenty big for 2 people. I am very aware of the USCG determination of SUPs as navigating vessels, but I have never heard of the 1 person per board rule. Can anyone point me to where this is published? Boat capacity normally is determined by the builder's plate, however SUPs are exempt from this requirement. Any help? Thanks.
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